M. M. Frocht
Dr. Frocht’s work on photoelasticity research on stress concentration factors and 3-D techniques and his two-volume treatise on photoelasticity is considered a classic and has been translated into Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. Its publication was credited with revitalizing interest in photoelasticity.
Dr. Frocht was a student of Steven Timoshenko and many of his own students have made important contributions to the field of experimental mechanics. He presented papers and lectures on photoelasticity and experimental stress analysis in all parts of the world.
In recognition of outstanding achievements as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics.
Michael Mello is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) at Caltech. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from Bridgewater State College, an M.S. degree in optics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from Caltech (GALCIT). Mike began his career as a research engineer in the Brown University plate impact lab from 1988 – 1997. He later worked at Intel from 1997 – 2006 as an electronics packaging engineer, where he supported product certification and metrology development and managed the company’s premier mechanical testing laboratory. Mike is also currently an Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Mechanics, a post he has held since 2013.
Past RecipientsThe Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the M.M. Frocht Award in the past.
|2020 - Junlan Wang||2019 - Martin W. Trethewey||2018 - Ghatu Subhash|
|2017 - Alberto Carpinteri||2016 - Lawrence N. Virgin||2015 - John Lambros|
|2014 - William L. Fourney||2013 - Wendy C. Crone||2012 - Sia Nemat-Nasser|
|2011 - Nancy Sottos||2010 - Eann A. Patterson||2009 - Fu-Pen Chiang|
|2008 - Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz||2007 - Michael A. Sutton||2006 - Isaac M. Daniel|
|2005 - David L. Brown||2004 - Albert Cardon||2003 - Ares Rosakis|
|2002 - David J. Ewins||2001 - Arun Shukla||2000 - Gary .L. Cloud|
|1999 - Peter K. Stein||1998 - Loren W. Zachary||1997 - Joseph Der Hovanesian|
|1996 - William N. Sharpe Jr.||1995 - Albert S. Kobayashi||1994 - Robert J. Sanford|
|1993 - Clyde E. Work||1992 - Ian M. Allison||1991 - James F. Doyle|
|1990 - John B. Ligon||1989 - Thomas W. Corby, Jr||1988 - Daniel Post|
|1987 - Robert E. Rowlands||1986 - W.F. Swinson||1985 - Kenneth G. McConnell|
|1984 - Christian P. Burger||1983 - C.W. Smith||1982 - T. Kunio|
|1981 - V.J. Parks||1980 - Cesar A. Sciammarella||1979 - Emmett E. Day|
|1978 - J.T. Pindera||1977 - William F. Riley||1976 - James W. Dally|
|1975 - D.K. Wright||1974 - R.D. Mindlin||1973 - Peter K. Stein|
|1972 - E.O. Stitz||1971 - Daniel C. Drucker||1970 - William M. Murray|
|1969 - Charles E. Taylor||1968 - Max M. Frocht|